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December 8, 2016 - Industry News

2017 Ford Fusion's Return-to-Park Shifter Reduces Rollaways

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford will offer a rotary shifter that returns its 2017 Fusion to park when the driver exits the car so the sedan is less likely to roll away, according to Ford.

Tags: Safety Technology, Ford Fusion, Ford, Mid-Size Sedans, 2017-MY

December 2, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Fusion, Lincoln MKZ for Seat Belts

Image of Ford Fusion courtesy of Ford.

The recall covers nearly 603,000 vehicles in the 2013 to 2016 model years.

Tags: Lincoln, Seat Belts, Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Recalls, 2013-MY, Ford, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, 2016-MY

November 29, 2016 - Global News

OEMs Plan Joint Venture for European Fast-Charging Network

Photo: Ford

BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche have signed a memorandum of understanding to create the highest-powered charging network in Europe.

Tags: Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, Daimler AG, Ford, Europe, BMW Group

November 23, 2016 - Press Release

Ford Delivers Thanksgiving Day Meals to Homebound Seniors

Ford Motor Company is again teaming up with the Detroit Area Agency on Aging for the ninth consecutive year as part of the Holiday Meals on Wheels Thanksgiving program. Their efforts will ensure that more than 6,000 area homebound seniors can enjoy a Thanksgiving Day meal.

Tags: Charity, Ford

November 16, 2016 - Global News

Brazil Auto Industry Seeing Modest Gains

With the opening of the Sao Paulo Auto Show this week, forecasts for growth in the auto industry remain modest.

Tags: Toyota, Ford, Brazil, GM

November 15, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Bringing EcoSport Baby SUV to U.S.

Photo by Paul Clinton.

With the help of radio and TV personality Ryan Seacrest and a trio of hip hop artists, Ford unveiled its EcoSport subcompact SUV on the eve of the Los Angeles Auto Show at a social-media-fueled Nov. 14 pop-up event near Hollywood Boulevard.

Tags: Ford, L.A. Auto Show, Compact SUVs, Ford EcoSport

November 10, 2016 - Industry News

Ford to Unveil EcoSport Subcompact SUV

Ford will unveil its EcoSport subcompact SUV in Los Angeles on Monday ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show as the first of four new SUVs on the way from Ford.

Tags: Ford, L.A. Auto Show, Compact SUVs, Ford EcoSport

November 3, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Developing Evasive Steering, Wrong-Way Alert

Photo of wrong-way alert courtesy of Ford.

Ford is developing several next-generation driver-assisting technologies, including evasive steering that can steer the vehicle away from a collision if the driver doesn't respond and an alert that recognizes when a driver is heading the wrong direction on a road.

Tags: Safety Technology, Ford, Steering

October 31, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Names Autonomous Vehicle Executive

Laura Merling, vice president of autonomous vehicle solutions for Ford Smart Mobility. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Silicon Valley veteran Laura Merling will service as vice president of autonomous vehicle solutions for subsidiary Ford Smart Mobility.

Tags: Ford, Executive Appointment, Autonomous Vehicles

October 26, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Escape, Mercury Mariner Recalled for Fuel Leaks

Photo of Mercury Mariner courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The recall, tied to the fuel delivery module flange assembly, covers more than 329,000 vehicles in the U.S.

Tags: Ford Escape, Mercury, Mercury Mariner, 2010-MY, 2011-MY, 2012-MY, Recalls, Ford, Compact SUVs

October 24, 2016 - Industry News

Toyota, Ford Top Consumer Reports' Recommended Models

Chart courtesy of Consumer Reports.

Toyota, Ford, and Lexus had the most nameplates appear on the Consumer Reports' list of recommended models, the publication has announced.

Tags: Toyota, Lexus, Consumer Reports, Ford, Recognition

October 21, 2016 - Industry News

Jaguar Land Rover Advancing Connected Car Tech

Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover.

The automaker collaborates with Ford and Tata Motors in the U.K. to test advanced features employing vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications.

Tags: Tata Motors, Connected Vehicle Technology, Ford, V2V, V2I, Jaguar Land Rover, Autonomous Vehicles

October 20, 2016 - Industry News

Have Pickup Sales Peaked?

Photo of 2017 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford's decision to idle production of its F-150 pickup this week has followed several months of slowing demand in retail and fleet channels and may point to a larger trend in pickup sales.

Tags: Ford, General Motors, Ram Truck, Large Pickups, Vehicle Production

October 19, 2016 - Global News

Ford Transit Becomes Top Global Van

Photo of Transit sold in Europe courtesy of Ford.

Ford's Transit full-size van has become the top-selling family of cargo vans around the globe with nearly 400,000 registered in 2015 based on IHS Markit data, according to Ford.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ford, Ford Transit

October 18, 2016 - Industry News

'Parts Issues' Slow Super Duty Rollout

Photo of F-350 King Ranch Crew Cab 4x4 courtesy of Ford.

Unspecified "parts issues" slowed shipments of Ford's 2017 Super Duty pickups in late summer, but Ford is ironing out these issues at its Louisville, Ky., assembly plant, according to a union official.

Tags: Ford, 2017-MY, Ford Super Duty, Assembly Plants, Vehicle Production

October 11, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Edge for Brake Software

Photo of Ford Edge courtesy of Ford.

The recall covers approximately 53 vehicles in the U.S. and five elsewhere in North America.

Tags: Recalls, Ford, Ford Edge, 2015-MY, Mid-Size SUVs, 2016-MY

October 11, 2016 - Industry News

Lincoln Continental Recalled for Headlamps

Photo of Lincoln Continental courtesy of Lincoln.

The compliance recall in the U.S. covers 1,826 vehicles in the 2017 model year.

Tags: Lincoln, Recalls, Headlights, Ford, 2017-MY, Luxury Sedans, Lincoln Continental

October 5, 2016 - Industry News

Updated F-150 3.5L, New 10-Speed Improves Fuel Economy

Photo of the F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford’s F-150 is now being offered with a new 3.5-L EcoBoost V-6 engine mated with a 10-speed automatic transmission for MY-16 and MY-17 models that offers an improved EPA over the previous generation engine.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Transmissions, Engines, Large Pickups, 2016-MY, 2017-MY

September 29, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Names Ford Smart Mobility CEO


Raj Rao has been appointed as Smart Mobility CEO. Rao will report to Jim Hackett, Ford Smart Mobility LLC chairman, and be based in Palo Alto, California.

Tags: Ford, Promotions, Automotive Executives

September 29, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Reveals F-150 Raptor Updates

Photo of the new F-150 Raptor courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Ford Motor Co. revealed details for the 2017 F-150 Raptor, highlighting its 450 hp and 510 lb.-ft. of torque.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Off-Road Vehicles, Ford F-150 Raptor

September 28, 2016 - Industry News

Manual-Transmission Ford Focus Cars Recalled

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The safety compliance recall, which concerns the hatchback release software, covers more than 64,000 vehicles in the U.S.

Tags: Ford Focus, Recalls, 2013-MY, Ford, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, 2016-MY, 2017-MY, Manual Transmission, Compact Cars

September 28, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Transit Connects for Sunroofs

Photo of Ford Transit Connect courtesy of Ford.

In the U.S., the recall covers 887 vehicles in the 2014-model year.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ford Transit Connect, Recalls, Ford, 2014-MY

September 28, 2016 - Industry News

EPA Testing Results on Propane Autogas Ford Transit

Photo of Ford Transit courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

In a recent Environmental Protection Agency emissions test, the Ford Transit showed dramatic reductions of harmful emissions while performing on propane autogas when compared to the same engine operating on gasoline.

Tags: Alliance Autogas, Propane Autogas, Emissions Testing, Ford, Ford Transit

September 22, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Details Adaptive Steering on Super Duty, Edge

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford's new adaptive steering technology that's been added to 2017 Super Duty trucks and the 2016 Edge mid-size SUV improves steering efficiency and effort so the vehicles are easier to steer at various speeds.

Tags: Ford, Ford Edge, Ford Super Duty, Steering

September 17, 2016 - Industry News

Ford, U-M Team on Self-Driving Cars

Ford will move a dozen researchers into the North Campus Research Complex at the University of Michigan by the end of this year. Photo courtesy of Ford.

As part of a new agreement, Ford plans to embed a group of its researchers and engineers into a robotics laboratory on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor.

Tags: Ford, University of Michigan, Autonomous Vehicles, Robots


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